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Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011 Table of Contents

295 Reviews & Comfort Tips
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SLEEPING BAGS
Most Versatile: Sea to Summit Alpine ApII
Big-guy Bargain: Mountainsmith El Diente 5 Degree
Ultralight: Brooks-Range Alpini 15
Waterproof: Mammut Ajungilak Alpine Winter
Bargain: Eureka! Kaycee 0F
Roomy Warmth: Big Agnes Hahns Peak SL

SLEEPING PADS
Bargain: Kelty Recluse 2.5i
Warmest: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season

FOOTWEAR
Light and Nimble: Teva Forge Pro Winter Mid WP
Extra Insulated: Garmont Momentum Icelock
Warm and Light: Adidas Terrex Conrax CP
On-demand Traction: Crispi Super Granite
Winter Mountaineering: Koflach Degre
Multitasker: Korkers Snowjack
Cold-weather Hike: Keen Revel
Heated: Columbia Bugaboot Max Electric
Winter Trail Runner: Salomon Spikecross 3cs

TENTS
Solo: Nemo Obi 1p Elite
Single-wall: The North Face Assault 2
Big-and-Tall Alpinist: Black Diamond Eldorado
Bargain: Mountain Equipment Co-op TGV2
Classic: Big Agnes Royal Flush 3 15898
Mountain Laurel Designs Circus Tent
Basecamp: MSR Storm King
Fully Loaded: Nemo Anti Storm 3p

BACKPACKS
Weekender: Sierra Designs Sorcery 55
Ski Mountaineering: Pieps Plecotus
Ice Climbing: Osprey Mutant 38
Minimalist: Black Diamond Agent
Photo Pack: Clik Elite Obscura
Avy Ready: K2 Pilchuck Kit
All-purpose: The North Face Patrol 34
Light and Large: Golite Terrono 90

APPAREL

INSULATION
Max Warmth: Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator
Down Midlayer: Stoic Luft Down Sweater
Fleece: Sherpa Ananta/Priya Pullover
Best Warmth to Weight: MontBell Frost Smoke
Killer Ski Jacket: Patagonia Winter Sun Hoody
Convertible: REI Spruce Peak/Nevis
Bargain: L.L. Bean Packaway Pullover
Wool Midlayer: Icebreaker Sierra/Cascade Full-Zip
Warm & Breathable: The North Face Jakson

SOFTSHELLS
Warm & Durable: Ibex Tuck
Best for Skiing: Mountain Hardware Snowtastic
Best Ventialator: Sierra Designs Savage
Bargain: Sherpa Adventure Gear Lobutse
Best Hood: Arc’teryx Venta MX Hoody
Waterproof: Marmot Zion
Sweet Deal: REI Centre Peak
Versatile: Rab Fusion

HARDSHELLS
Bargain: L.L. Bean Trail Model Rain Jacket
Breathable Bargain: Stoic Vaporshell
Ultradurable: Outdoor Research Paladin
All-season Breathability: Rab Stretch Neo
Full-featured Ultralight: Arc’teryx Beta FL
Lightest: Mammut Felsturm Half-Zip
Best Value: Mountain Hardware Ampato
Storm Protection: Patagonia Super Pluma
Versatile Value: Adidas Terrex Swift 3in1
Mountaineers’ Favorite: Mammut Eiger Extreme Nordwand

BASELAYERS
Underwear: Icebreaker Spring Boxer Brief and Pace Hipster
Top Fit: Mammut Moench Zip Tee
Head and Neck Protection: Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Hoody
Best Bottoms: Helly Hansen Dry Revolution Pant
Women’s Favorite: SmartWool Lightweight Asymmetrical Zip
Best Warmth-to-Weight Ratio: Columbia Omni Heat Half-Zip Baselayer
Moisture Mover: Craft Concept Piece
Most Versatile: Dakine Chester/Cheyenne Shirt

PANTS
Softshell: Mammut Eisfeld/Eismeer
Custom Fit: Beyond RoughRider/Ridgeline
Bib: Patagonia Super Alpine
Hiking: REI Mistral
Hardshell: Mountain Hardwear Bokta
Warmest: MontBell U.L. Down Inner

SOCKS & GAITERS
Minimalists: Injinji Performance Series Orginal Weight Mini-Crew
Never-fail Classic: Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiter
Multisport: Fox River Cirrus/Sierra
Ski/Snowboard Lightweight: Fox River Mammoth
No-blister Guarantee: Darn Tough True Seamless Mesh
All-day Comfort: FITS Hiker Crew Medium

HEADWEAR
Best Ski Helmet: SCOTT Roam
Cold-weather Aerobics: Shredalert Smith Rock Micro Beanie
Versatility Champ: Fjallraven Skare Softshell
Ear & Sun Protection: Black Diamond Roj Headband
Cushy Camp Hat: Chaos Spruce
Favorite Face Mask: Helly Hansen HH Dry Balaclava
Best Lightweight: SmartWool Reversible Training Beanie

GLOVES
Tech Ready: Outdoor Research Touchtec Sensor
Waterproof: Black Diamond Enforcer
Warmest: Outdoor Research Mt. Baker Modular Mitt
Lightweight: Arc’teryx Venta LT
All-purpose: Stoic Forge

KITCHEN & ACCESSORIES

FOOD
Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Desserts
Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Lunches/Snacks
Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Breakfasts

KITCHEN
Utensil Set: MSR Alpine Deluxe Kitchen Set
No-prime Innovator: SOTO Muka Liquid Fuel Stove
Liquid Fuel Stove: Primus ExpressLander
Do-it-All Container: GSI Outdoors Collapsible Fairshare Mug
Cookset: REI Campware Nonstick Cookset (Large)

NAVIGATION
Simple Bargain: Bushnell BackTrack D-TOUR
Deluxe: Garmin Montana 650T
Workhorse: Garmin eTrex 30
Multitasker: Magellan eXplorist 710

EYEWEAR
Most Versatile: Revo Guide
Bargain: Julbo Around Excel
Best All-around Goggle: Zeal Eclipse SPPX
Mountaineering: Adidas Terrex Pro
Lightest: Native Vim

CAMERAS
GPS-enabled Favorite: Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
Action Video: GoPro HD Helmet HERO
Pro-level DSLR: Canon Rebel T3i
Bomber Point-and-Shoot: Pentax Optio WG-1
Trail-tough Bargain: Olympus TG-310

ICE & MOUNTAINEERING GEAR

ICE GEAR
Techncial Tool: Cassin X-All Mountain
Tough Rope: Beal Tiger 10mm
Bargain Screw: Austri Alpin SI-KO FX
Best for Women: Grivel Quantum Tech
All-purpose Crampons: Black Diamond Sabretooth

MOUNTAINEERING GEAR
Ultralight All-arounder: Mammut Togir/Togira Light
Best Boot: Scarpa Mt. Blanc GTX
Glacier Safety: Petzl Crevasse Rescue Kit
Crampons: CAMP XLC
Helmet: Black Diamond Half Dome
Quickdraw: Metolius FS Mini Long Draw
Belay Device: Mammut Smart Alpine
Ice Axe: Grivel G1

SKIS & SNOWSHOES

SNOWSHOES
Kids’ Choice: Atlas Sprout/Mini
Bargain: Tubbs Flex ESC
Runners’ Favorite: Kahtoola RNR 22
Beginner’s Choice: Easton Artica Hike
Load Haulers: L.L. Bean Summit Trekker
Best Binding: Crescent Moon Gold 10/Gold 13
Top Traction: Atlas Aspect

SKIS
Powder Specialist: Volkl Nunataq
Women’s Favorite: Liberty Envy Powder
Most Versatile: Rossignol S3
Mountaineer’s Choice: Dynafit Stoke Best Resort/Sidecountry Crossover: Black Diamond AMPerage/Element
Backcountry Snowboarding
Bindings: Karakoram Split30
Splitboard: Jones Solution

ALPINE TOURING
Ski: La Sportiva GT/GTS
Binding: La Sportiva RT
Boot: Dynafit TLT5 Mountain
Best Step-in Binding: Fritschi Diamir Eagle 12
Ultralight Binding: Dynafit Radical ST 10
Top Big-mountain Boot: Black Diamond Quadrant

TELEMARK
Best All-around: Garmont Voodoo
Overall Favorite: Black Diamond 01

EDITORS’ PICKS
The editors of Backpacker and Climbing weigh in on their favorite pieces of gear and gadgets.

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